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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Concern grows that Israel will attack Iran – Leaders becoming more vocal as diplomacy fails to end nuclear program

By: Dan Perry
Associated Press
          JERUSALEM For the first time in nearly two decades of rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, world leaders are genuinely concerned that an Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic could be imminent – an action that many fear could trigger a wider war, terrorism and global economic havoc.
          High-level foreign dignitaries, including the U.N. chief and the head of the American military, were in Israel in recent weeks, urging leaders to give the diplomatic process more time to work.  Israel seemed unmoved, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly concluded an Israeli attack on Iran is likely in the coming months.
          U.S. President Barrack Obama said Sunday he does not think Israel has decided to attack Iran, telling NBC News the United States was “going to be sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to solve this – hopefully diplomatically.”
          Despite harsh economic sanctions and international pressure, Iran refuses to abandon its nuclear program, which it insists is purely civilian.
          It’s beginning to cause jitters in world capitals and financial markets.
          “Of course, I worry that there will be a military conflict,” Britain’s deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said last week.  He said Britain was “straining every single sinew to resolve this through a combination of pressure and engagement.”
          Is Israel bluffing?  Israeli leaders say Iran has been pursuing nuclear weapons since the early 1990’s and defense officials issued a series of estimates on how close Iran is to the bomb.  But the saber-rattling has become more direct and vocal.
          Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu frequently draws parallels between modern-day Iran and Nazi Germany.
          On Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said during a security conference there was a “wide global understanding” that military action may be needed.
          “There is no argument about the intolerable danger a nuclear Iran (would pose) to the future of the Middle East, the security of Israel, and to the economic and security stability of the entire world,” Barak said.
          Israel views Iran as a mortal threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, Iran’s support for anti-Israel militant groups and Iranian missile technology capable of hitting Israel.
          On Friday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called Israel a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut,” and boasted of supporting any group that will challenge the Jewish state.
          When faced with such threats, Israeli has a history of lashing out in the face of would opposition.  That legacy includes the game-changing 1967 Middle East war, which left Israel in control of vast Arab lands, a brazen 1981 airstrike that destroyed an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor, and a stealth 2007 airstrike in Syria that is believed to have destroyed a nuclear reactor in the early stages of construction.
          Armed with a fleet of ultramodern U.S.-made fighter planes and unmanned drones, and reportedly possessing intermediate-range Jericho missiles, Israel is capable of taking action against Iran, too, though it would carry grave risks.
          It would require flying over Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, and it’s uncertain any of these Muslim countries would allow Israel to use their airspace.
          With targets some 1,000 miles away, Israeli planes would likely have the complicated task of refueling in flight. Iran’s antiquated air force, however, is unlikely to provide much of a challenge.
          Many in the region cannot believe Israel would take such a step without a green light from the U.S., its most important ally. That sense is deepened by the heightened stakes of a U.S. election year and the feeling that if Israel acts alone, the West would not escape unscathed.
          The U.S. has been pushing both sides, leading the charge for international sanctions while pressing Israel to give the sanctions more time. In recent weeks, both the U.S. and European Union imposed harsher sanctions on Iran’s oil sector and its central bank. Israeli officials say they want the sanctions to be imposed faster and for more countries to join them.
From the Wisconsin State Journal – Monday, February 6, 2012
          Looking at this current scenario makes one believe that the stage is being set for the prophetic Ezekiel 38/Psalm 83 war where the Arab nations commit to attacking and exterminating Israel.  In the midst of this attempt God miraculously destroys Israel’s enemy (the Islamic Arabs) and delivers Israel.  To read a thorough indepth study of this prophetic event (from Concerning The Way) please click on this link.